The time has come for us to send out our wedding invitations. When I was planning what kind of invites we wanted I got a little overwhelmed at all the options and etiquette rules I kept seeing, as I researched. Etiquette rules make me nervous sometimes. I’m not all that traditional, but I also don’t want to offend anyone on our guest list. And then dreaming up a design was an overwhelming thought to me as well. Should I keep it the colors of our wedding? Should they be colorful or illustrated or modern or handwritten or embossed or include confetti?! Oh my! Here’s what we landed on: What I love most about our invites is that they are very us, in that I don’t feel like it leans more me or Trey—just us. My brother designed them. He was the one who originally suggested we get them letter pressed too. We knew we wanted the invite to look kind of like a giant movie ticket. Then, I found these cute inner envelopes (they’re gold, can’t pass that up!) with the tab cut out, which was perfect for the design we had in mind. We tried to keep the wording simple and to-the-point, but, yeah, that’s a Kanye quote (from a verse he did on an old Pharrell song). We listen to a lot more Yeezy than I care to admit, and June 8 is his birthday. We’re getting married on Kanye West’s Birthday!Our invites were printed locally at Trader’s Printing & Design. I love how they turned out and am so excited for everyone to start receiving them this week!Wedding Invite Checklist + Tips
-Plan your budget before you start shopping. We needed right around 130 save the dates (you can see them here) and invites. Since I was already thinking about custom letter pressed invites, we found a cute but inexpensive option for our save the dates.
-Research wording options for the invitations. Are you self hosting? Do you want the wording to feel more traditional or do you prefer something off beat? There are tons of different ideas out there. And there is no right or wrong! Just be sure to include all the necessary information: date, location and time. -Additional information and RSVP instructions are a must. We included an additional card that included a lot of important info for guests including: a map to our ceremony location, how guests can RSVP (online at our website), where we are registered (here you can also include info on if you prefer gift cards, gifts to charity or no gifts at all), since we are planning an outdoor wedding in Missouri we included info on where the ceremony will be moved in the event it rains and hotel information for out-of-town guests. It’s a good idea to call around to nearby hotels and block off rooms for guests to reserve, as many guests might not be familiar with your city and won’t know the best/nearest hotels to try.
-Include a printed engagement photo. This is very optional, but I love it when invitations include pictures. I immediately hang them up on my refrigerator. 🙂 We printed 4×6 photos from our snow engagement shoot to include in our invites.
Thanks for letting me share our wedding invites with you! xo. Emma (and Trey)
Cute invites! I haven’t posted about my invites yet! I have so many things I should’ve been photographing and writing about along the way. I didn’t have a ton of time though–We decided in February to get married, and got married two weekends ago. I wrote my part one of my wedding reflections here. There’s some pretty good photos of my diy bouquets!
Yay for more awesomeness to Pin for later 🙂
Congrats Emma+Tray!!! You know, June 8 is the day when Princess Madeleine of Sweden is getting married as well. So, quite nice wedding date choice! Greetings from Finland and Scandinavia!!
You invites are fantastic. But the Emily Post in me has to say this: it is a BIG NO to put anything on a wedding invitation about registry or gifts. Gifts are optional and you don’t want it to look like you are expecting them. This is especially true if you put something in the invitation about a specific gift you want, which seems very presumptuous. It’s better to put your website information on the save the date and have the website link to the registries or use work of mouth for where you are registered if you aren’t doing a website.
My husband & I included a lot of Kanye West into our wedding too! We got Kanye inspired engagement tattoos and our first dance was to “Otis” by Kanye & Jay-Z. Love it!
Really beautiful, and funny. Judging by the invite the wedding will be such a funny event. Lucky guests!
I just got all emotional.. thank you for sharing your tips! <3
I got married on Harry Potter’s birthday, so we used a quote from Ron Weasley and put them in random fortune cookies. 🙂
These turned out lovely. So perfect!
They turned out so pretty! I’ll remember this for the day – if it ever comes – when I might need some inspiration 🙂
my husband designed ours (in a modified trifold seen here: http://natebridi.com/#/work/bridiwedding 2nd still) and i loved them! congrats on the upcoming nuptials! these are great and don’t forget —on that day, the little details will sort themselves out! no stress or worry for you two 🙂
I love them! It seems so fun designing them!
emma!!! i’m getting married on the same day! and we also made letterpress invitations! (;
So cute , unique and beautiful !!! I like the idea very much . xxx
soo purr-tty <3 can’t wait for the actual date for photos 😉 very happy for you guys!!
These are clever little invites. Thanks for sharing these with us. So personal.
Oh Emma! These are so cute! I’m so happy for you!
I love how simple and classic they are! Lovely!
They look great! Invites can definitely be overwhelming because there are so many options. The love the black and white choice and the important thing is that it speaks true to who you are as a couple.
Very nice invites Emma! I love how non-traditional they are. Forgive me if this comes across as rude, I merely want to ask out of innocent curiosity and general interest in how nicknames come about: how did Trey go about being called Trey?